Some Notes on Intentional Music


My music is written with a definite intention. This intention is the energizing of the listener's subtle energy body. This has the secondary result of making the listener feel good, as eventually he or she can experience a full-body ecstatic energy-flow. This energy-flow is arguably the most pleasurable experience one can have on the physical plane.

What's the difference between regular and intentional music? Some music is written by musicians as an expression of their feelings or sentiments. This may be from the musician's own experience, or it may be from their imagination. Depending on how well the musician is able to instill these feelings into the work, the listener will experience the feelings or sentiments which the musician is trying to impart, to a greater or lesser degree. So there may in fact be a fine line between music which is written as personal expression and intentional music, because the musician's intention may be to share their experience even if they don't have a specific physical effect in mind.

I wish to differentiate my music from music which is primarily sentimental. So, to further clarify by example, I would point out that there are musicians who write their music with a definite stated purpose. One modern rock musician who seemed to understand this very well was Frank Zappa, who can be thought of from an energy-body standpoint as a sacred clown* or Heyoka. This quote, taken from his June 28 1968 essay in Life magazine, illustrates his understanding of the principles involved:

The loud sounds and bright lights of today are tremendous indoctrination tools. Is it possible to modify the human chemical structure with the right combination of frequencies? (Frequencies you can't hear are manifested as frequencies you can see in a light show.) Can prolonged exposure to mixed media produce mutations? If the right kind of beat makes you tap your foot, what kind of beat makes you curl your fist and strike? Do you cry if the violin is playing the melody molto vibrato?

Although Frank Zappa tried very hard to tear down a lot of things about US society that he considered stupid, he never really figured out how to do it only with music, as evidenced by another quote which he made the same year in an interview done by Jerry Hopkins in the July 1968 issue of Rolling Stone:

Music always is a commentary on society, and certainly the atrocities on stage are quite mild compared to those conducted in our behalf by our government. You can't write a chord ugly enough to say what you want to say sometimes, so you have to rely on a giraffe filled with whipped cream.

Other philosophers and composers throughout history have commented extensively on the nature of music and its effect on humans. If you are interested in investigating this further, I suggest that you read about Pythagoras and Plato, who both understood the essence of music. You may also read Fabre d'Olivet's La Musique Expliquée Comme Science et Art (download 5.8 MB PDF here in the original French, or you can buy an excellent English translation titled The Secret Lore of Music: The Hidden Power of Orpheus here).

Rock music, because of its rhythms and chord structures, usually results in adrenaline being released into the listener's body. My music avoids this and in fact aids the listener in becoming more relaxed. For this reason, the listener should not listen to it whilst driving or performing other tasks which might be considered unsafe if the listener is not fully conscious.


*Sacred Clowns or Heyokas, according to Ken Eagle Feather in his book Toltec Dreaming, are

...visionaries who work impeccably to disrupt social norms, and are a long-established part of Native American cultures...rebels aim to confine others and heyokas work to liberate all.

See also The Clown's Way in Teachings from the American Earth: Indian Religion and Philosophy by Dennis Tedlock and Barbara Tedlock.